Over 200 years ago a group including attorneys, businessmen, merchants, plantation owners, a university president, and a former minister got together to stand for what they believed in, and together formed the United States of America. Today, is July 4th and all across this great land descendants of these great men, immigrants from other lands, and Native Americans alike, celebrate America’s independence from Great Britain.
This group of Men wanted better for themselves and for their families, and they were willing to sacrifice to attain that better life. They knew there were things they could change for their immediate futures and others they could only hope to influence for change over time, with the goal and plan for making their children’s futures better than any they could produce for themselves.
The Founding Fathers faced challenges and obstacles and had to learn which to fight valiantly for and which to set aside for the time being. There were things they wanted to change but had to be content with planting seeds they hoped would sprout years or decades later.
The issue of slavery is one such example. With only 12 of the Founding Fathers functioning as slave owners or managers, slavery is something many of the founders disagreed with. Even General George Washington, America’s first president and a slave owner, wasn’t fully on board with slavery; however, Washington faced tough choices. He gave much of his wealth to fight the war and so could not also fight the laws forbidding the freeing of slaves by those in debt. The best he could do was to keep families together and strive to create a world where slavery would not exist for long. He had to pick his battles. He knew he couldn’t fight everything and win all. He knew he had to let even as grave an injustice as slavery was go in the hopes that children of slaves would soon be free in the new country he envisioned. He knew he’d be better off using the power of One to concentrate on the most pressing, first task, that of fighting those who oppressed all Americans.
Today, we can learn a lot from those wise men as we face challenges in our daily lives. We too can use the power of One, concentrating on ONE thing at a time rather than trying to be the Queen of Multitasking. We can focus and complete one job and cross it off our lists before moving on to the next. We can payoff one debt and apply that surplus to the next’s until all debt is eliminate. We can fight one battle for what is truly important and let the rest go. We can plant seeds of hope in our children’s minds and hearts and pray that they are more successful than we at forming the life we envision.
But none of that is possible if we are held down by chains of insecurity, self-doubt, worthlessness, confusion, or self-pity. None of that is possible if we are kept under the thumb of an oppressive regime whether that regime is in the form of our own negativity or what someone has told us over and over until we believe it to be true. None of that is possible if we try to control all of it.
The Founding Fathers were ordinary people. Men who put duty before self and who knew how to find Joy and motivation and to keep putting one foot in front of the other, sticking to the plan, being accountable, and seeing their goals through to completion.
You may feel like you are not capable of doing all that is set in front of you. You may feel that there is too much on your plate and you are not equipped to handle it, but you are. You can do amazing things when you break free of the chains that bind you, when you declare your independence and learn to let go of oppression to find freedom in success and following a proven plan.
Whether you live in America or on the other side of the globe, you are your family’s founding parent. Future generations will be shaped by what you do today. Never think you are too important to fail. Never think you are too small to succeed. You are both ordinary and special. Devise a plan. Stick to the power of ONE. Be accountable. See the goal through to the end in some cases. Plant seeds in others, but never stop moving on.
You can do this!
If you’d like help discovering what ONE thing you can do today to make a better tomorrow for you and your family, contact me today. As a mom of five boys who has taught kindergarten through high school, has a Masters in Education/Curriculum Development, and started her own international test prep business, I know cookie cutter solutions don’t work. You need to find what works for you! I LOVE working with families to discover The Right Path for them!
Together, we will get you unstuck and propel you forward – I bet you’ll even have fun doing it!